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Application Example

There are approximately 800,000 Total Joint Replacement surgeries performed each year in the United States. 

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) projects a 673 percent spike in total-knee replacements and a 174 percent increase in total-hip replacements by 2030.

That will amount to 4.5 million implants

Knowledge of the technical characteristics of implanted orthopaedic devices and monitoring the surrounding tissue environment will be very important for patients, surgeons, implant manufacturers, and associated healthcare providers to ensure patient safety and quality control.

The current system for identifying surgically implanted medical devices is limited. Once an orthopaedic device is implanted in a patient, it can be difficult to determine in the future the implant manufacturer, the implant model and size, as well as where the surgery was performed and by which surgeon. The inability to obtain this information rapidly can be inconvenient to patients and their treating physicians, hospitals, and insurance companies, as well as being costly to the overall healthcare system 

At the present time, the only details about a patient’s joint implant are contained in medical records kept by the hospital and surgeon. When the implant needs to be examined, it would be extremely useful for the surgeon to immediately know exact details of the initial implant. It is not uncommon for paper records dating back years to be unavailable and time-consuming to find. 

In order to rectify this common problem, Ortho-tag created a tag for surgeons to attach to an Orthopaedic device and record (at the time of surgery) information about that patient’s implanted orthopaedic device that utilizes Transcutaneous Volume Conduction. This system also enables the surgeon to immediately access this information directly from the patient's implant, as well as program and reprogram patient clinical information during each post-operative visit. The Ortho-tag System is also ideal for use in doctors offices, hospitals, surgical centers, clinics, subacute centers, rehabilitation centers, physical therapy centers, and other healthcare facilities. The statistical information generated from the implant information can be customized for use by health insurance companies, implant manufacturers, government regulatory agencies, and academic and research institutions.